Jail releases video of last 14 hours of Jamycheal Mitchell’s life

The video was released during a weekly media briefing


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Officials at Hampton Roads Regional Jail have released video of the last 14 hours of Jamycheal Mitchell’s life.

WAVY’s Deanna LeBlanc reports the video was released during the first weekly media briefing from Norfolk Sheriff and Interim Superintendent Bob McCabe.

10 On Your Side confirmed from a witness there on the day Mitchell died that it was inmates serving breakfast trays who first noticed something wasn’t right with Mitchell.

That witness, a former inmate named Justin Dillon, tells 10 On Your Side he and another breakfast service inmate tried to get help when they observed Mitchell being non-responsive, but he claims they were told to continue serving breakfast.

The video released Friday shows the breakfast cart first arrive outside Mitchell’s cell at 4:40 a.m. Nine minutes later, at 4:49, a jail staff member opens Mitchell’s cell and about four minutes after that, it appears a medical team arrives. On the notes readout from dispatchers provided by the Portsmouth Police Department, a 911 call was not received until 5:45 a.m. — that is 52 minutes after the video time stamp shows a medical cart arriving at Mitchell’s cell.

Mitchell was pronounced dead at 5:59 a.m. on August 19, 2015. His family alleges in their lawsuit he lost 40 pounds in the 4 months he was behind bars.

A list of inmates who have died at Hampton Roads Regional Jail was also released Friday. According to the data, there have been 18 inmate deaths at the jail since 2012, and four in 2016.

Document: Inmate Deaths at HRRJ

It was announced earlier this month that the briefings would be held as a part of a new effort for “transparency and honesty.”

McCabe was announced as the interim superintendent of the jail after Col. David L. Simons informed the jail that he wanted to retire Oct. 1.

In Friday’s briefing, McCabe said the jail’s board has questions about Simons’ transparency and lack of communication.

The jail has recently come under scrutiny following the deaths of two inmates, including Mitchell.

Attorney General Mark Herring called for an investigation into the jail in the wake of the deaths of Mitchell and Henry Stewart.

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